Using Plastic Bags Would Cost You Rs 10K In Mumbai
Those living in Mumbai were given three months to junk their plastic bags. Now, those who have not been able to do so are staring at paying fine. Carrying a little bag of plastic that one often uses to carry veggies and other household items could cost you dear from June 23.
Upping its ante against the use of plastic, the city’s civic body has decided to impose a fine of up to Rs 10,000 from June 23 on those who are found to use plastic bags. Even if you took it from your grocery seller or departmental store owner, you will be the one paying the fine. Vendors who provide the customers with a plastic bag would not be spared either. While you may have to pay a fine of up to Rs 5,000 for your first offence, a repeat of the offence would cost you twice the amount as penalty.
It is worth mention here that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has already launched an initiative to ban the use of plastic in the Maximum City. The new move is a reiteration of the intention with which the civic body plans to fight the eco-destroyers. On March 23, the Maharashtra government issued a notification, banning the use of plastic bags. It, however, gave citizens three months to make a switch to environment-friendly options. It ban covers plastic bags of all sizes and thicknesses, disposable plastic plates, bowls, cups, straws, cutlery and thermocol, etc.
Under the Maharashtra Plastic and Thermocol Products (Manufacture, Usage, Sale, Transport, Handling and Storage) Notification, 2018, urban-local bodies are responsible for carrying out the ban in cities while the onus to do so in rural areas lies on district administrations.
They are watching you
About 225 personnel from the markets department, the shops & establishments-department and the license department would be deployed to keep an eye on plastic users. These officials would be on duty around shopping centres, local markers as well as malls to punish the offenders. Officials are already monitoring vendors to make sure the city stays off plastic.
Ahead of the plastic ban, starting from June 24, the BMC has so far collected 1.42 lakh kg of banned plastic from across the city, of which the highest was picked from Bandra (W) — 30,460 kg.
Need for more
While the BMC is working towards collecting the banned plastic, the authority lacks a mechanism to recycle this waste. The BMC had 36 segregation centres to collect plastic waste and after the ban another 24 centres were added. However, the civic body has not been able to recycle the collected plastic as there are no plastic recyclers in the city.